An open letter to Republican state delegates about misleading campaign messages

Dear Delegate, It has recently come to my attention that certain elements inside the Republican Party are working hard to make sure that you vote for their hand-picked candidate. The clues are very subtle, but if you know what to look for, you will soon discover the clues this cabal is using to manipulate you into doing exactly what they want. Here are the subtleties that they are hiding from you: Margaret Dayton’s recent mailer refers to her as “Utah’s Iron Lady.” This sounds like a good thing until you…

Trump, Carson still lead ahead of CNBC debate

Donald Trump and Ben Carson, the top two voter-getters in all of the latest polls, decided to strong-arm CNBC into complying to some of their demands in regards to next week’s debate. CNBC dropped the planned three hours, and they will allow opening and closing statements. Since Trump and Carson have so much power, they should have demanded CNBC raise the threshold from 2.5% to 3.5% average. It would have resulted most likely in 6 people in primetime instead of 8-9. If the debate were tomorrow, the order left to…

BUZZ: Utah Senate Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

With the House Majority caucus (aka “Republicans”) meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion on September 29th, the Senate is getting in on the act, too. In an email from Senate Chief of Staff Ric Cantrell to Senate Republicans,  Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and Majority Leader Ralph Okerland asked Senate Republicans to attend a meeting to discuss Medicaid expansion, as well as a few other issues that could be addressed during a special session later this year. Email follows. From: Ric Cantrell Date: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:56 PM To: Senate Republicans Subject: Special Caucus Meeting…

Donald Trump wins another victory for Democrats

It was all intended to distract; and the Republicans said “what?” This week Donald Trump burst out with new controversial comments targeting Senator John McCain’s heroism during the Vietnam War by implying that those captured are not exactly heroic. Regardless of Trump’s opinion on what actually constitutes heroism, his ability to distract the masses from serious problems for Democrats was extremely effective. First, five United States military soldiers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were mowed down this week by an alleged lone wolf terrorist bent on taking life. From an Administration that has…

The Two Things That MIGHT Impact Voter Turnout and What They Mean for Count My Vote

Voter turnout is down, but why fewer voters show up is complicated. Competition and duty help explain it, but only partially. Even with Count My Vote changes taking effect this year, don’t expect higher voter turnout.   A New Low for Democracy As a nation, we don’t turn out to vote very consistently, and we’re getting worse.  A New York Times article claims that turnout during the recent mid-terms was the lowest turnout in 72 years with “43 states, less than half the eligible population bothered to vote, and no state broke 60 percent.”…

Is No Democrat Going to Challenge Harry Reid?

All indications thus far are that the Democratic party is going to keep Harry Reid as the Senate leader and Nancy Pelosi as the House leader. This is a terrific strategy if the Democrats want to stay in the minority. One of the lessons from the midterms, and there were many, is that Democratic voters didn’t have a reason to be enthused. Their turnout was low. Republicans meanwhile were greatly enthused by the prospect of keeping the House, taking the Senate, and finally forcing some bills to make it to…

Harry, the Heel

“On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered ‘round, and they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found.” —”Bad to the Bone”, by George Thorogood. It is easy to be supercilious towards professional wrestling. It can be described as a pseudo-homoerotic male soap opera that targets those of a lesser educational and intellectual sagacity. As for myself, I have loved it most of my life. For all the farcical absurdity contained in this realm of entertainment, professional wrestling does have one redeeming factor. It segregates…

The end of the Utah Democratic party?

With the impending retirement of Jim Matheson, the Utah Democratic Party is expected to close its doors and has opened talks with the Uah Republican Party to merge, offering a substantial boost to sagging Republican fundraising, but large voter lists. Republican Party Chair James Evans has indicated that outgoing DemocratIC Chair James Dabakis has approached him about merging parties. “We had a feeling this was coming,” said Dabakis, by phone from the latest state to legalize gay marriage, where he is getting married, again. “We just haven’t worked hard enough to…

Why I am a Democrat in Utah

Utah Democratic Party

People have asked me many times why I align with the Democratic Party in Utah. Anywhere else and I would be considered a moderate republican most likely. I was raised in a household where conservatism ruled. My parents were big fans of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, the usual suspects. But I ended up different. I ended up as a semi left wing adult. Usually I make jokes. “It’s easier to get my name out there in a less crowded field” or “Everyone’s a republican! I want to be different!” Now…